After my journey last year down into the jungles of the Amazon in Peru and participating in 5 Ayahuasca healing ceremonies with Shamans – I had asked God-Spirit for something more accessible for westerners to be able to interact with Ayahuasca in a truly supportive healing environment that wouldn’t be too foreign or alien for them.
I came across a quote by an Argentinian psychologist who works with healing people with Ayahuasca where she said:
“We wanted to take the plant out of the insectiod terrors of the jungle, and away from the heavy male energy of the Shamans.”
That clicked for me…a way for Ayahuasca to spread Her work more easily.
Here’s some thoughts by a 20 yr old woman about her experiences with Ayahuasca –
“Throughout the seminar there was a lot of communication among the participants that forged a strong bond between us, and allowed me to really develop my interpretation of the completely overwhelming ayahuasca experience. For me, the seminar was a transcendent mingling of historic, contemporary, and futuristic worlds. It created a context in which an ancient medicine could be used by non-indigenous people in a way that was not separate or alien from our lives in the current world. The nature of the sacrament induces a feeling of unification with the human experience across the ages, and the power of the jungle reminded me of geologic time and the newness of the human species. The basic themes of the seminar – healing, growth, connection with divinity, and self-discovery – as well as the ceremonial atmosphere we created, respectfully connected us with the ancient use of the plant. Building on this traditional basis, the discussions we had as a group, the structure of the ceremony, and the lectures and activities provided were decidedly modern. We discussed astrophysics, the Internet, relativity theory, drug policy in the United States, shamanism, the Mayan calendar, extraterrestrial life, time travel, our inner children, our psychological struggles, our experiences of joy, and more.”
“I feel a great sorrow when trees are burned, when the forest is destroyed,” Pablo Cesar Amaringo, a Peruvian painter, explained. “I feel sorrow because I know that human beings are doing something very wrong. When one takes ayahuasca, one can sometimes hear how the trees cry when they are going to be cut down. They know beforehand, and they cry. And the spirits have to go to other places, because their physical part, their house, is destroyed.”
Painting by Pablo Amaringo
During my first ceremony with Ayahuasca She appeared to me very much like the maiden in the above picture , looking in on me as if seeing who this new soul coming to interact with her was. The medicine was just starting to affect me and I was beginning to peer into other dimensions and apologized to her if it truly was her and I wasn’t able to recognize her.